The MH-60S Knighthawk is a hybrid consisting of a UH-60L Black Hawk airframe mixed with navalized components and avionics. MH-60S helicopters are a replacement for the US Navy's ageing fleet of H46, H2 and the MH-53E minesweeping helicopter.
Primary roles for the MH-60S include troop transport, ship-to-ship cargo transport, minesweeping, special operations support and combat search and rescue operations (CSAR).
The MH-60S features a 'glass cockpit' featuring 4 multi-function displays (MFDs) designed to be readable in direct sunlight or via night vision goggles. Displaying a wide array of mission-specific information, such as sensor data, navigation data, mission info and flight control info, these MFDs help to reduce the crew's workload and to function more efficiently.
When configured for special ops support or CSAR missions, the MH-60S is armed with crew-served M240D 7.62mm or M2 .50 cal machine guns.
The MH-60S features a cargo hook capable of lifting 9000lb in underslung loads.
US Navy MH-60S SeaHawk helicopter.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Lange